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Old 06-07-2010, 09:18 AM   #1
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How often do you replace your shock springs. I'm running losi black on front and gray on back on 8ight t 2.0. The rears sure do seem to be shorter than they used to be.
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yes the shock springs do wear out i like to change mine every few months if racing every weekend just to be on the safe side they are cheap so change often
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Yes they do wear out. Quicker than you would think. I have noticed the truggy rears softening up pretty quickly. I just change them often and have no issues. Actually reminds me I should probably order a new set for my truck.
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I change them when i change my shoes.... Years of doing this and never had a problem.
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I change them when i change my shoes.... Years of doing this and never had a problem.
Your shock shoes?
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Really? It would be cool to see some of the magazines put this theory to the test. Springs eventually fatigue, but I don't know if they do "every few months".
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Really? It would be cool to see some of the magazines put this theory to the test. Springs eventually fatigue, but I don't know if they do "every few months".
Trust me they do! No magazine needed. Run a set of springs for a couple of months and compare them to a new set. The used springs will be significantly softer and even possibly shorter. Or even better, mount up a set of springs, set your ride height, and measure the preload you need to get your ride height. Run them for a year and set your ride height again. Now measure the preload needed again. Guaranteed it will be significantly more preload to get your ride height.
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interesting, i was wondering this myself. I have never changed my springs since i've had my buggy.

however, after each race day, I take the springs off the shocks. I'm sure this has prolonged the life of them, but do plan on getting new ones.
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omar i am running the xray car right now and have changed the springs twice in 4 months of running you should change yours
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I noticed the silver springs on my xray were softer so I just went to the grey blue springs. After a couple races they broke in and work perfectly. I think they need to break in...Not be replaced all the time....
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Trust me they do! No magazine needed. Run a set of springs for a couple of months and compare them to a new set. The used springs will be significantly softer and even possibly shorter. Or even better, mount up a set of springs, set your ride height, and measure the preload you need to get your ride height. Run them for a year and set your ride height again. Now measure the preload needed again. Guaranteed it will be significantly more preload to get your ride height.
If that's the case, shame on the manufacturers for making crap-quality springs. They charge $4/pair and they last a few runs? What kind of sh!t is that?
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If that's the case, shame on the manufacturers for making crap-quality springs. They charge $4/pair and they last a few runs? What kind of sh!t is that?
I mean they last more than a few runs. Mine last a couple months. I race a lot though, so they may last longer for some. Springs are under a pretty good deal of stress as we throw our vehicles around tracks that by all appearances should be 1/2 the size they are. Honestly $4/6 per pair every couple months is nothing in this sport. If that was the extent of maintenance costs, I would be ecstatic.
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Your shock shoes?
i dont know if your serious or not but im thinking he means clutch shoes
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i dont know if your serious or not but im thinking he means clutch shoes
LOL, I know, and he is talking about clutch springs too. Funny part is, this thread is about SHOCK springs. Hehehe.
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You would also be surprised how different the two springs are in the same pack. Koby next time your at McCollough's ask Doug or Shawn what they use to do with their 1/10th scale springs.....haha get ready for story time
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